Genetics vs Scandalous Desire

By | November 6th, 2015|LRO 07|

Although its results were published a little over a year ago, the study has been hitting the headlines throughout 2015. Romain Dessal, managing director of the highly successful newsletter « Time to Sign Off » (TTSO), echoed the findings on October 19th in his trademark style : quoting Gleeden’s assertion that 46% of its users [...]

David Cameron and the Joy of Tax

By | October 23rd, 2015|LRO 05|

The issue of tax, then, and Corbyn’s promise to tax the rich, was high on the agenda. Alluding to Labour’s decision to seek the advice of various economists like Thomas Piketty, Joseph Stiglitz and others, Cameron ridiculed the choice of Richard Murphy, author of the book The Joy of Tax. The Prime Minister gleefully claimed [...]

Religion of Enjoyment

By | October 16th, 2015|LRO 04|

While revisiting his own dystopia in 1958, Huxley encapsulated the premise of this form of power by juxtaposing it to the earlier, primarily ideological, state: “the early advocates of universal literacy and a free press envisaged only two possibilities: the propaganda might be true, or it might be false”—reflecting the historically corresponding (monotheist) association of [...]

A Match made in Heaven

By | October 9th, 2015|LRO 03|

The struggle to define the union of two people under the law has continually produced division. Within America the states were divided; the Supreme Court as a Judicial body was divided in a vote of 5 to 4; the arguments anticipating the vote revealed that individual Justices of the Court were themselves subjectively divided. Justice [...]

“P” Is for Psychoanalysis

By | October 9th, 2015|LRO 03|

Because psychoanalysis has a language of its own that arises in a singular act of a particular subject Lacan later called speaking being. Psychoanalysis stands, in principio, if not de facto, in opposition to the universal achievements of humanity. There is no Nobel Prize for it, no certificates for achievements in the field. In short, [...]

Chanson d’Amour and the Jouissance of the Other

By | October 2nd, 2015|LRO 02|

Chanson Française owes its origins of course to the Chanson Réaliste moment of Aristide Bruant and Le Chat Noir around 1893 that brought young intellectuals together with the demi monde of artists, workers and prostitutes. ‘People spoke a lot about sexuality’, affirms Clark, ‘and it produced some strange and dark characters’. Hélène Hazera is even [...]

Two Others

By | September 25th, 2015|LRO 01|

In order for something to exist in the full sense of the word, it must first be named and recognized. The unconscious certainly existed before Freud, but in the absence of a name, an elaboration, and a community of the faithful, it could not join, then sublate, the bacchanal of existence. Bearing this in mind, [...]